Thrilling win

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

GRAFTON jockey Matt Paget has lamented the 1400m dis­tance, af­ter his mount Camillo fin­ished a gal­lant run­ner-up at the Clarence River Jockey Club on the week­end.

The lightly raced geld­ing, trained at Grafton by David Kelly, sat well be­hind race leader Lat­i­tude (Glen Col­less) but, when it came time to make a move, there was noth­ing left in the tank.

Col­less pushed on over the last 200m to claim a thrilling win in the Crown Ho­tel Mo­tel Cl 2 Hcp (1410m), with Camillo fin­ish­ing more than a length-and-a-half sec­ond.

Af­ter pulling up lame over the last 200m, Paget said he spoke with Kelly about the next move.

“I was happy with how she ran but I am not 100 per cent cer­tain the 1400m is re­ally her dis­tance,” Paget said.

“We were sneak­ing up nicely on that front run­ner and I hon­estly thought we would beat it. I just thought we were go­ing to wind up and go at the 200m mark, but my last 20m was the worst of the race.

“I think (Lat­i­tude) gets away on me as I am prob­a­bly dy­ing on my run. I had a chat with Dave about it af­ter the race, but it is up to him with where he goes with the horse from here.”

While the four-year-old geld­ing has won over the 1400m jour­ney at Grafton be­fore, Paget sug­gested he would be bet­ter suited to the 1200m.

It was a stel­lar run from the vis­it­ing Col­less, who sprung the lids on the God­bolt geld­ing be­fore set­tling down two lengths ahead of the field.

Af­ter the race, God­bolt sug­gested the five-year-old mare could push on to the mile at its next start.

Later in the day at Grafton, lo­cal trainer Dwayne Sch­midt was given rea­son to smile af­ter ex­cit­ing three-year-old Wasm broke through for his first win.

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

DOWN THE STRAIGHT: Lat­i­tude beats Camillo in Race 1 at Clarence River Jockey Club.

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